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Can you suggest some books with main characters who have personality disorders?


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I'm mostly looking for fiction, but memoirs and autobiographies would be good too.

 

Here's a list of personality disorders:

 

 

  • Antisocial personality disorder
  • Avoidant personality disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Dependent personality disorder
  • Histrionic personality disorder
  • Narcissistic personality disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
  • Paranoid personality disorder
  • Schizoid personality disorder
  • Schizotypal personality disorder

 

There are plenty of books about schizophrenia, multiple personalities, depression, substance abuse, etc. But I'm having trouble finding things specifically about PD.

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I'm mostly looking for fiction, but memoirs and autobiographies would be good too.

 

Here's a list of personality disorders:

 

 

  • Antisocial personality disorder

  • Avoidant personality disorder

  • Borderline personality disorder

  • Dependent personality disorder

  • Histrionic personality disorder

  • Narcissistic personality disorder

  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

  • Paranoid personality disorder

  • Schizoid personality disorder

  • Schizotypal personality disorder

There are plenty of books about schizophrenia, multiple personalities, depression, substance abuse, etc. But I'm having trouble finding things specifically about PD.

 

The Mr. Monk books. I'll have to think of others but that one jumped out at me.

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Get Me Out of Here

 

Postcards from the Edge

 

The Unquiet Mind

 

Sugar & Salt

 

A Brilliant Madness

 

Living on the Edge of Madness

 

Touched with Fire

 

Madness

 

Manic: A Memoir

 

Girl Interrupted

 

Prozac Nation

 

Rewind, Replay, Repeat

 

Life in Rewind

 

Just Checking (If I remember correctly, this one is kind of funny)

 

Everything in it's Place

 

 

 

These are just the short titles, no authors but you should be able to find them on Amazon.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

 

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden?

 

I'm drawing a blank on the Pat Conroy book made into a movie with Barbra Streisand based on his suicidal sister.

 

Did any authors I think of as having mental illness write semi-autobiographical works?

Sylvia Plath

Edgar Allen Poe

Ernest Hemingway

Carson McCullors (sp?)

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Get Me Out of Here

 

Postcards from the Edge

 

The Unquiet Mind

 

Sugar & Salt

 

A Brilliant Madness

 

Living on the Edge of Madness

 

Touched with Fire

 

Madness

 

Manic: A Memoir

 

Girl Interrupted

 

Prozac Nation

 

Rewind, Replay, Repeat

 

Life in Rewind

 

Just Checking (If I remember correctly, this one is kind of funny)

 

Everything in it's Place

 

 

 

These are just the short titles, no authors but you should be able to find them on Amazon.[/quote

 

Any book by Dr Kay Jameson is worth it's weight in gold. She has saved so many lives with her unflinching honesty. This is a stellar list and particularly Touched by Fire and The Unquiet Mind are ,in my estimation ,must read books for clarity and understanding . I simply cannot praise her work highly enough.

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Not to nitpick, but Kay Jamison doesn't have a personality disorder. Personality disorders are Axis II disorders. She has bipolar, which is an Axis I disorder.

 

There is a good description of both Axis I and Axis II disorders here.

 

 

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Oops! You are absolutely right. Most of the books I listed have to do with OCD and mood disorders, just where my mind goes when mental health issues come up. Of the ones I listed, I know that Get Me out of Here and Girl Interupted deal with personality disorders.

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Just off the top of my head: Dostoevsky, Kafka, Gogol, Greek tragedies, many Shakespearean tragedies, Go Ask Alice, Anthony Burgess. Many famous plays (Shaw, Ibsen, O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, etc.). Poe, Bierce, H.P. Lovecraft, Phillip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, Prozac Nation, Bee Season.

 

Note that none of these are suitable for younger than high school, I'd say 15 or above.

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